As visitations and funeral preparations take place in London for Queen Elizabeth, many New Brunswickers are signing condolence books for the late monarch and looking forward to her long reign as head of state of Canada.

Some remember the Queen as an embodiment of grace and lofty ideals such as steadfastness and service, while others praise her sense of humor and her more down-to-earth side.

As this compilation of photos from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick shows, both sides were on display during her five royal tours of the province.

This photo from the UNB Archives and Special Collections was taken on the Fredericton campus by Alan G. Gordon, then a second-year forestry student. According to the Provincial Archives, Gordon was caught up in the excitement of the royal visit and a bit too close to Princess Elizabeth for Prince Phillip’s liking. Gordon’s camera was confiscated by security personnel, but later returned. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

Elizabeth’s first visit to New Brunswick was as a 25-year-old princess in November 1951.

She and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrived by train at Union Station in Fredericton after a month-long Canadian tour that began on the West Coast. They were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers, toured historic sites, listened to choral music and attended an elaborate dinner.

His accession to the throne will not be announced until three months later.

Princess Elizabeth chats with guides and brownies outside Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
The Princess stops to speak to a veteran in Fredericton. PANB P229-6 (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with matron Sarah Miles, veteran Albert Angell and hospital superintendent Dr CO McKay at Lancaster DVA Hospital in Saint John. Heritage Resources, Saint John Collection P406-14 (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
A crowd cheers as the royal couple arrives in a plexiglass-covered Cadillac at a Saint John hotel for a dinner and reception of 400 guests. Heritage Resources, Saint John Collection P338-82 (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

Elizabeth returned to the province as Queen in July 1959, on the final leg of a 45-day tour. The stopover included an evening of harness racing, a meal of salmon and fiddleheads, and a visit to the bereaved families of fishermen who died in a severe storm off Escuminac the previous month. She made a contribution on their behalf to the New Brunswick Fishermen’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Elizabeth and Philip arrive for dinner at UNB’s Lady Beaverbrook Residence in Fredericton, accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor. JL O’Brien. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip study the harness racing map at Fredericton Racecourse. The Queen presented a trophy to the owner of winning horse WR Jardine of Chatham. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

The Queen and Prince Philip returned in July 1976, just before the Montreal Olympics, where Princess Anne was competing with the British equestrian team. They visited a Scout jamboree at Woolastook Provincial Park, were entertained by Les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie and the Kiwanis Steel Band, toured the historic village of Kings Landing, and then flew to Miramichi.

Chief Anthony Francis, President of the Union of New Brunswick Indians, presents a petition to Her Majesty in Fredericton. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clark/Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
Next, Premier Richard Hatfield welcomes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to McConnell Hall on the University of New Brunswick campus for a provincial dinner. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
Queen Elizabeth meets some of the approximately 3,500 Guides and Scouts at Woolastook Provincial Park for a jamboree. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
A guard of honor greets the Queen at the former Canadian Forces Base Chatham. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
The Queen at the former CFB Chatham in Miramichi, where she attended a provincial luncheon and watched a military-hosted special. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
A crowd of workers and their families watch as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave the Burchill rolling mill in Nelson. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clark/Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

Elizabeth’s next visit coincided with the provincial bicentennial year in 1984. She and Prince Philip arrived at Moncton Airport on September 24 and toured Shediac, Sackville, Riverview and Fredericton for three days.

School children applaud royal visitors in Moncton on September 24, 1984. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
The Queen with former Prime Minister Richard Hatfield at the outdoor reception at Victoria Park in Moncton on September 24, 1984. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

Finally, the royal couple visited in 2002, as part of a year-long Commonwealth tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

They arrived in Fredericton on October 11 and left the following day by helicopter for Sussex, Moncton and Dieppe.

The Queen walks to the front of the Governor’s residence with Prince Philip, former Prime Minister Bernard Lord and Diane Lord in Fredericton October 11, 2002. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)
The Queen receives flowers and chats with a young equestrian competitor in the barn at Princess Louise Park in Sussex October 12, 2002. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)